Substituting for Courage 

So people are getting excited because it looks like the caliber of movies might be picking up as usual as the holiday and awards season comes ‘round.

…Except the year in film has been worse than usual (hey, you bought it, sucka) and the caliber doesn’t look as good as usual, as good as the marketing tells you.

The seams are starting to show, the audience grows tired of being bombarded, which isn’t good for anyone, artists, investors…. anyone, in the long run. …Of course, maybe I’m wrong because yesterday someone said to me, “I’m really looking forward to The Prestige: It’s going to be awesome! Director of Batman, yeah!”

What.

I then felt this huge disappointment because of the pending disappointment waiting for that gent, because an audience member was excited about a movie that… well…

What do you think it will be? Can you tell by the marketing and production? This is your week to take over the editorial here on JSDC. Here's what’s coming out:
Flags of Our Fathers
The Prestige
Marie Antoinette
Babel


I’m just saying, this raping-of-story-so-as-to-make-the-upfront-dollar shit is breaking my heart and I aim never to be a part of that mess.

But are things looking up now that the appearance is that the films are “quality”? Like I said, you tell me.

..centuries from now our great-great-great-grandchildren will look back at us with amazement at how we could allow such a precious achievement of human culture as the telling of a story to be shattered into smithereens by commercials, the same amazement we feel today when we look at our ancestors for whom slavery, capital punishment, burning of witches, and the inquisition were acceptable everyday events.
–Werner Herzog

Oh! And, incidentally, if you think that NBC show Heroes is good, you are wrong, fooled and have been ripped-off. (Suckax2.)

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